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A record 6.6 million seek US jobless aid as layoffs mount

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier — a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. The stunning report ...

Son: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85; fought virus

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY and REBECCA SANTANA undefined NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday after battling pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, leaving six sons and a deep legacy. He was ...

With US border work on track, rural towns fear an outbreak

By MATTHEW BROWN, STEPHEN GROVES and CEDAR ATTANASIO Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Major construction projects moving forward along the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico are raising fears that the coronavirus could race through temporary camps and workers could spread it to ...

Joe Biden predicts Democratic convention delay until August

By BILL BARROW Associated Press Prospective Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he thinks his party's nominating convention will have to be pushed back from July into August because of the coronavirus threat. "It's going to depend on what kind of action is taken between now and the ...

Economic fallout mounts, along with competition for masks

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, LORI HINNANT and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The economic damage from the coronavirus crisis piled up as an unprecedented 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits in a single week, and the competition for masks and other protective gear ...

Coronavirus vaccine test opens as US volunteer gets 1st shot

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and CARLA K. JOHNSON AP Medical Writers SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. researchers gave the first shot to the first person in a test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday -- leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges. With a careful jab in a ...

5 dead, including officer and gunman, in Missouri shooting

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Five people including a police officer and a gunman have died in a shooting at a Missouri gas station after the gunman went inside and opened fire, police said Monday. The dead also include three citizens, Springfield police Chief Paul Williams announced Monday, and ...

Millions holed up at home as U.S. routines shift profoundly

By TIM SULLIVAN and TERRY SPENCER Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Millions of Americans began their work week holed up at home against the coronavirus Monday as the escalating outbreak shifted the nation's daily routines in ways never before seen in U.S. history. With wide swaths of the ...

Stocks lose 6% on Wall Street as more businesses shut doors

By STAN CHOE AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks lost more than 6% on Wall Street Monday as huge swaths of the economy come closer to shutting down due to the coronavirus outbreak, from airlines to restaurants. Emergency actions taken by the Federal Reserve late Sunday to prop up the ...

Virus darkens stages, silences orchestras across the US

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The stage at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle is quiet. There is no music coming from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the members of Pearl Jam won't tour. There is no one to admire the treasures at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in ...

Big city, big worry: New Yorkers fret as bustling city slows

By MICHAEL HILL, JENNIFER PELTZ and JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers awoke Friday to find the coronavirus had left their famously bustling city with no Broadway, no basketball games, no big gatherings, and a populace unnerved by an ever-worsening crisis. A dizzying ...

Trump administration: $1.3M for fast virus test development

President Donald Trump's administration announced Friday it is awarding $1.3 million to two companies trying to develop rapid COVID-19 tests that could detect whether a person is positive for the new coronavirus within an hour. The Department of Health and Human Services said it is awarding ...

Iraq army says US strikes kill 5 security forces, 1 civilian

By SAMYA KULLAB and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's military said five security force members and a civilian were killed early Friday in a barrage of U.S. airstrikes launched hours after a rocket attack killed and wounded American and British servicemen at a base ...

Stocks claw back some ground on Wall Street; Dow gains 2%

By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer Stocks are clawing back some of their recent losses Friday morning at the end of a brutal week of selling as the spreading coronavirus heightened fears of a global recession. The gains follow the worst slide for the U.S. market since the Black Monday crash of ...

Warren reevaluates, Bloomberg drops out after Super Tuesday

By STEVE PEOPLES and BILL BARROW Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg suspended his presidential campaign and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was reassessing her candidacy Wednesday as the winnowing process in the Democrats' 2020 nomination fight ...

U.S. virus death toll rises to 11 with California victim

By GENE JOHNSON, CARLA K. JOHNSON and MARTHA BELLISLE Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed to 11 on Wednesday with a victim succumbing in California — the nation's first reported fatality outside Washington state — as officials, schools and ...

Noose placed on Wisconsin brewery shooter’s locker in 2015

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Someone placed a noose several years ago on the locker of a Wisconsin brewery employee who last week opened fire on his co-workers, the brewery operator said Wednesday, confirming at least one instance of racial harassment against him as ...

Supreme Court divided in 1st big abortion case of Trump era

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A seemingly divided Supreme Court struggled Wednesday with its first major abortion case of the Trump era, leaving Chief Justice John Roberts as the likely deciding vote. Roberts did not say enough to tip his hand in an hour of spirited ...

Doctors try 1st CRISPR editing in the body for blindness

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer Scientists say they have used the gene editing tool CRISPR inside someone's body for the first time, a new frontier for efforts to operate on DNA, the chemical code of life, to treat diseases. A patient recently had it done at the Casey Eye ...

Tornadoes devastate Tennessee, killing at least 22 people

By TRAVIS LOLLER and KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tornadoes ripped across Tennessee as people slept early Tuesday, shredding at least 140 buildings and killing at least 22 people. Authorities described painstaking efforts to find survivors in piles of rubble and ...